SKIING ASPEN MOUNTAIN
Season dates: November 24, 2011 - April 15, 2012
Base elevation: 7,945 ft./2,422 m
Summit elevation: 11,212 ft./3,418 m
Vertical rise: 3,267 ft./996 m
Terrain: 675 acres/273 hectares
Number of trails: 76
Miles/km of trails: 64 miles/103 km
Rising out of the heart of downtown Aspen, Aspen Mountain (Ajax) serves up a vertical smorgasbord of double-black and gladed runs for alpine enthusiasts. Opened in 1947, Aspen Mountain's steeps, bumps and incredible views have been famous in the skiing world for decades. Stop by the ski shop and we may be able to take you on a personal tour for a run or two!
How to Ski Aspen Mountain;
- On a powder day be the first one to ski Walshs on the east side of the mountain. Walshs is the steepest mogul run you will find on the mountain. With enough fresh powder to give you resistance, you can point your sticks straight down the hill and not worry about picking up too much speed. When it gets skied out head over to the trees skiers left, there will be stashes there all day.
- If the snow gods have not been generous for a few days you can head over to Ruthies run where the fastest lift services the fastest run. Ruthies stays well groomed almost all day and there is enough space to lay down large super-G turns. The run is long and you can hop on Ruthies high speed lift to get back up to the top quickly for more runs.
- Looking for a diverse and spontaneous run? Ski directly under lift three from the top of the mountain. It starts off on some skied out moguls but only for 20 yards. You hit a catwalk and take a steep drop into some big hefty moguls. Get speed from the mogul run and cruise over some flats and into a series of rollers that grommets poach all day long. Ski a few minutes over more flats then get ready for a cliff drop. Ski down it or catch 50 feet of air, or any number in between. Be sure not to hang out under it because the next jibber is on their way!
- Don't shy away from lift 1-A on the West side of the mountain. The 2-man lift services a number of steep mogul runs and the occasionally open Trainors Run if you want to get extreme.
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